Despite being on the eastern coast, this is one of the gentlest of beaches because of the protection afforded by the reef running from Green Cay to Pinel. The southern end is clothing-optional. There is a reef running southeast from the start of the nude section that is home to many fish.
When visiting St. Maarten be sure to take a day trip to the nearby island of Saba.
Saba is also a Dutch island. It is a large volcano that shoots up from the caribbean water. Inhabited by only 1200 or so residents, it is a true getaway. There are no traffic lights or casinos, and the people all know each other.
The capital city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in spirit of all the cities in the Caribbean. Colonial houses stand beside smart cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find on the Continent. The entire city is only four streets wide, so it is very easy to get around.
The sweeping curve of the beach at Grand Case near the northern tip of the island shelters a little fishing village that is famous not only for its fine foods but also for its distinctive style of architecture. Elaborate carvings and fretwork, in what is called a gingerbread style, adorn the fronts of the small wooden houses painted in pastel colors, and the effect is truly charming. Some of the island's best restaurants also happen to be located in this area.
Must see in Bonaire - Salt Works south of Kralendijk, with vast salt ponds to evaporate the sea water.
Also must see the flamingoes in the salt ponds and the fresh water ponds to the north.
Must do - Scuba dive the reefs.
The salt works are the most largest and most visible of any I have seen.
The flamingoes are found here in larger quantities than any place in the world.
The diving is the easiest and some of the most beautiful in the world.
Scubadiving and driving around in a car, stop at the beaches: Grote Knip, Kleine Knip, Seaquarium beach, Lugunabeach.
Go and see Willemstad. It is divided in two parts: Otrabanda and Punda. Punda is nice to see and to go shopping. Otrabanda is nice to go out. The two parts are divided by a canal. You can cross to the other side by using the boatbridge or a small ferry.
Diving: beautiful fish and seaplants.
Go and see the Seaquarium. You can see all sorts of fish in watertanks, you can see fish by diving here or you can meet some turtles and sealions here. Turtles and sealions are also to be encountered when you go diving by yourself at a quiet beach :)
Near the Seaquarium you can find the Seaquarium and the Princess Beach. You have to pay some entree fee here (less then five dollars). The beach is a bit crowded, but still many fish swim here in the water. The first time you feel fish swimming around you, it might scare you a little. The beach has palmtrees and snack and cocktailbars.
The French word for Lowlands, are located at the westernmost end of the island beyond the Simpson Bay Lagoon. They are home to some of the most exclusive villas on the island and feature two of St.Martin's prettiest beaches at Plum Bay and Baie Rouge.
Diving to the corals in the clearest sea is a must.
I had my diving-licence in this Caribean Sea.
The best way to learn diving and also enjoying the nature under water.
It's another world under the sealevel....it's waterworld.
A pretty beach that is fairly well protected. There is supposed to be good snorkeling. Mr. Busby's beach bar in on the north end. There is another beach bar that serves frozen margaritas and hamburgers.
SCUBA DIVING: in Saba.
If you're a scuba diver or just like to snorkel Saba is one of the top places in the World to do so. Saba has protected the underwater life around the island by making it a Marine Park and carefully regulating the underwater activity. In doing so they have preserved some of the best collections of coral and sealife. It is one of the main reasons why people travel to Saba, since there aren't any beaches on the island.
The water here is crystal clear and there are lots of fish to see, as well as coral, squid and other aquatic wildlife - if you're lucky, you might even spot a dolphin or two!
The guides give you food to feed the fish, which will eat right out of your hands.
Picture of Great Bay and Front Street - Philipsburg. Water sports I guess, although I only went to lay in the sand and hop from beach to beach for a swim.
Shopping in Marigot or Philipsburg.
Advice to men: beware of letting your wife loose in Front Street, to many glittery things that don't cost much each but the total may be astronomical.
Advice to women: ask your husband nicely to stroll down Front Street and get you a perfume or something 'nice' to put in your finger or ears. Promise him a night he will remember...
Day trips to Anguilla, St. Barths, Isle Pinel, etc.
Most beaches have water sports facilities and quioskes where you can book day trips to the surrounding islands.
Philipsburg - you can either shop till you drop or lay in the sun one street down. See picture.
BEACH & DINING: Grand Case (French Side)
This beach is quite nice. What makes it stand out, however, is what you'll find next to it. Grand Case is known for some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. There are dozens along the main street.
248 Boulevard de Grand Case, , 97150, Caribbean
Good for: Business
Westpunt z/n, Marazul Dive Resort Kavel M., Caribbean
Good for: Business
Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 71, , Bonaire, Caribbean
Good for: Solo